Four days, two loaded guns at Raleigh-Durham International

May 30, 2008

Transportation Security Officers discovered two loaded guns during the Memorial Day holiday weekend at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Transportation Security Officer Jay Helm was operating an X-ray machine on May 23 when he spotted a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with eight rounds in a passenger's carry-on bag. Three days later, TSO Patrick Barry was at the X-ray when he identified a .22 magnum loaded with five rounds in a passenger's carry-on.

Both passengers were arrested and cited for carrying a concealed weapon.

"These discoveries illustrate once again why our officers must always be on alert," said Michael Zunk, TSA federal security director for Raleigh-Durham.

Helm has been with TSA for more than four years, while Barry has nearly two years experience as a TSO.

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